Reel Bar

Reel Bar Restaurant Photo461 Catawba Ave.
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Reel Bar

Reel Bar History

Opened in 2014, the Reel Bar is a relatively new addition to downtown Put-in-Bay’s thriving population of bars and restaurants. Since its grand opening, however, Reel Bar has quickly become cherished by locals and visitors alike. Known colloquially as “Reel New Bar in a Reel Old Place” this bar is located in the same building as Tony’s Place, which was a longstanding favorite on the island. The new owners went above and beyond to ensure that island visitors feel at home. Remodeled with natural materials like stone and repurposed barn wood, Reel Bar’s bucolic décor extends an immediate welcome to travelers just before they are greeted by a friendly staff.

Reel Bar Particulars

Nautical theming and antique lighting complement a fully modernized food and drink menu that boasts a number of delicious plates. Prepared with quality ingredients such as antibiotic and hormone-free meat and freshly caught Lake Erie perch, food from Reel Bar is guaranteed to leave you feeling satisfied. Reel Bar offers an ideal place to start your day with a breakfast menu that is highly regarded among locals. Whether you are preparing for a morning out on the boat or day cruising around the island, Reel Bar’s breakfast is sure to keep you full until lunchtime. Their breakfast menu consists of old-time favorites such as:

·       Reel Breakfast – includes two fresh eggs, homefries, toast, and choice of meat

·       Biscuits and Gravy

·       Reel Good Pancakes

As well as new flavorful additions:

·       Reel Short Rib Hash

·       Chorizo Breakfast Tacos

·       Smashed Avocado Toast

If you are on vacation and anticipate being able to sleep in, Reel Bar’s open for Lunch and Dinner also! After perusing a bountiful menu jam-packed with locally-sourced ingredients, your group will decide on amazing handheld items like:

·       Sweet Bourbon Burger

·       Street Tacos

·       Chipotle Chicken Club

·       Country Fried Walleye Sandwich

Or mouthwatering entrees such as:

·       Lake Erie Perch

·       Reel Ribs

·       Sirloin Filet

·       Blackened Shrimp Bowl

Reel Bar Entertainment

Since Reel Bar is the brainchild of Andy Christiansen and Ray Fogg, who is a revered musician on Put-in-Bay, it should come as no surprise that live entertainment is an incredible highlight of this chill hangout. Select a tasty beverage from a full drink menu that includes freshly squeezed cocktails as you watch performances from local artists including Ray Fogg himself. Reel Bar features a small stage that allows performers to interact with audience members in a way that cultivates a lively entertainment experience. This defining setup resulted in Reel Bar earning the accolade of being the number one venue for live music on Put-in-Bay.  

Consequently, you will find performances from the best local and regional bands, special events like Lake Erie Idol, and open mic karaoke every weekend at this amazing location. As you visit the island this summer make sure to check out Reel Bar for a Reely unique experience.

After a great meal at the Reel Bar, why not stop at some of the nearby shopping and Put-in-Bay Attractions? The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum and Resale shop is just a short walk away as is the Island Surf Shop. A few blocks up the road is the Chocolate Café Museum where you will fine historical information about the history and production of chocolate. If a great after dinner cigar appeal to you the Great Lakes Tobacconist sets up his fine cigar selection just down the street at Mojito Bay.